If you have had any kind of lesson with me, you know that I usually share resources with you that I believe will help you progress in your swing or help you overcome a flaw in your approach. I am vey passionate about staying healthy and keeping the body strong through exercise. I spend a fair amount of time working out so when I came across an article about Monty Python's silly walk I could not help but laugh. The reality is, we have only begun to truly understand how our body works and maybe we are overcomplicating things. If you are not familiar with the walk, the video and some facts about the health benefits follow, check them out and let me know what you think. If nothing else, you will have some fun doing it.
The team gathered data on 13 healthy adults aged 22 to 71 and tested the silly walking styles of both Mr. Teabag and another character in the Monty Python sketch, Mr. Putey. Only Mr. Teabag’s silly walks resulted in increased oxygen uptake, energy expenditure and exercise intensity. The study showed that physical activity recommendations for adults can be met by exchanging a mere 11 minutes a day of regular walking with Mr. Teabag’s silly walk.
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leave it in the past
Mental clarity in golf is important. Celebrating after a good shot can be just as detrimental as getting aggravated over a bad shot. Both responses are emotional. The best golfers are usually very calm in how they respond to good and bad shots during a round. Check out the highlights from Patrick Cantlay's round yesterday.
When a player is emotionally grounded, they are able to think strategically about the next shot. Some common errors that can be made when you are making decisions through emotional lenses include:
While these tips seem to be helpful only when you are having a tough time, they should be applied when you are have a great round. Celebrating too early leads to poor decision making. Never become complacent on the golf course, always stay disciplined. If you happen to make it to the end with an awesome scorecard celebrate and leave it in the past. The next round of golf is a new challenge. Treat it that way!!
I have said this before but I will say it again. I love golf and I love what I do. I get to be outside and I get the opportunity to teach others how to play this game. Playing this game requires a lot of patience and discipline. I can teach you how to swing but I cannot teach you how to be patient with your progress. I'm sure you have heard the saying "Rome was not built in a day," but when it comes to golf too many people think they can become an overnight sensation after one lesson. I like to think that I do a good job of explaining the swing and highlighting areas that need attention in my student's swing but I am not a miracle worker.
The hard work happens when you leave me. Do you practice deliberately? Meaning when you practice do you focus on the areas that I showed you in the lesson or do you just go back to your old ways of practicing? Are you changing your mindset about the swing or are you continuing to exhaust yourself by swinging at the ball instead of your target? Do you believe you can improve or are you constantly berating yourself? Are you trying to show off for others or are you focusing on your personal goals?
Playing golf is supposed to be enjoyable. If you are not having fun then you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Golf is a game. Treat it that way. The question to ask is "How do I beat the course?" Too many golfers worry about beating their buddy. When you are stressed or getting angry, the course is beating you. How does an inadamant thing have the ability to beat a human with a brain? It doesn't but when you let your emotions take over, the course wins every time.
Emotions are hard to manage, especially if you are a parent of a junior who wants to play golf competitively. The best advice I can give to those parents is to let their golfers enjoy the game. If they want to play in tournaments, encourage them to learn the rules of the game, get them out to play on course so they can strategize about how to beat the course and when they are struggling encourage them to think about what they have learned and apply that knowledge. Let your juniors drive their ambition and do your best to minimize your expectations.
I have taught many juniors who competed throughout high school but did not pursue it in college. It is not the end of world. The experience they gain on this golf journey will help them, no matter where life takes them. You can rest assured that they will not be calling me or any other coach in a panic because their boss invited them to play in a foursome next week. Yes, we absolutely get those calls.
The key thing to remember whether you are pursing golf recreationally or competitively is to be realistic in your expectations. If you put in the right effort, progress will follow. Even more important, do not compare yourself to another golfer. Some golfers get certains pieces of the game easier than others. Some golfers need more time to change bad habits. Golf is a journey, a personal journey. Enjoy it!!
It is hard to believe that it is August. As I look back on the summer, I am once again humbled. In June, I mentioned that several of my homeschool students participated in Drive, Chip and Putt with varying levels of success. Since then I have had several more, both homeschool and traditional school, take a chance and I am very proud of them.
Camille Adam Girls 7-9 (1st in putt)
Celine Adam Girls 7-9 (3rd in putt)
Gideon Ladicani Boys 7-9
Tristan Ladicani Boys 7-9
Zoe Ladicani Girls 10-11 (2nd in chip)
Londyn Leon Girls 7-9
Thomas Nevico Boys 14-15 (2nd in drive, 2nd in putt)
Danny Tadeo Boys 12-13 (1st in putt)
Congratulations to Camille Adam and Thomas Nevico who are moving on to the Sub-Regionals on August 27th. No matter what happens moving forward each one of them has a memory that will last a lifetime.
This summer also marked the first time that Beaver Golf participated in the Mayor's Golf Tournament at Madison Green. I asked Coach Danni, Coach Mike and my right-hand Mayda to join me in supporting the Mayor's scholarship fund. A couple of my adult students also sponsored foursomes which allowed a few of my junior students (Thomas Nevico, David Peschansky and Danny Tadeo) to play. Everyone had a blast and I even won the 50/50.
One of my favorite while exhausting memories has to be golf summer camp. Each week we had a great group of golfers. They were ready to improve their skills and knowledge but they were also ready to let loose and have fun. Never underestimate the power of a good water soaker. Mayda did a great job of capturing the memories and sharing them on our new facebook page.
I am especially grateful for my volunteers. Their presence and willingness to invest in my younger junior golfers made the experience even more memorable. Thank you Annika Collado, Cienna Collado, Jayda Dookie, Blake Leon, David Peschansky, Micaela Riudias, Sydney Rogers and Troy Thartimanont.
What WE DO
If you have had more than one lesson with me, it is very possible that it was interrupted briefly by a phone call from my daughter or my son. They are the best part of my life so I make myself available to them if they should need me.
Last year, my daughter, Brianna, graduated from college and started working at Family Promise of South Palm Beach County. She is the Transitional Housing Manager and she works with Emergency Housing Voucher recipients. The organization provides these families with case management, mental health services if needed, and assists with finding housing.
When she initially moved here from Chicago, I thought she was going to become a nurse but after the first few classes she felt like she was trying to assist with a symptom and not the deeper issue. As a result, she changed her major to social work because I had raised her with the understanding that everyone will have ups and downs and at any given moment something can happen to put someone in financial turmoil. Now she gets to be a part of the solution while also impacting the community.
Since Family Promise of South Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization, they host fundraisers periodically and they asked if I would partner with them for Beer and Bayou which is kind of ironic since I do not drink. I agreed to donate a package of golf lessons. That's what we do for family, right? Right.